Mar 20 - Oberlin Women's History Walking Tour (FREE)

Oberlin Women's History Walk offered FREE for Women's History Month

Saturday, March 20 at 1 p.m.


Enjoy a guided 75-minute walking tour of Oberlin landmarks and monuments with historic connections to women's continued efforts to gain rights and respect with this Women's History Month offering of the Heritage Center's One Step More:  Oberlin Women's History Walk.

In 1834, John J. Shipherd pledged Oberlin’s commitment to “the elevation of female character” through education. Little did he know, there was dynamite in that promise, and women carried the matches. This engaging tour takes participants through campus and community to explore how Oberlin confronted and defined issues of femininity in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

How did this Women's History tour come to be named?  In 1883, on the occasion of Oberlin College's 50th anniversary celebration, Lucy Stone (OC 1847), a well-known crusader for equal rights, urged her alma mater to take one step more in the fight for justice. Hear Lucy Stone's story and others of powerful Oberlin women including Marianne Parker Dascomb, Adelia Field Johnston, Mary Church Terrell, and Lucy Stanton Day, and learn how they used Shipherd’s promise to shape what it meant to be a woman in Oberlin and in the United States.

Although the tour is free this day and all are welcome, capacity is limited to 12 participants and advance reservation is required. Participants must wear a mask and follow social distancing recommendations. 

Register now online or call 440-774-1700.